TBA Press Releases

Nashville Lawyers Given Pro Bono Award for Civil Rights Case

Team of four recognized for work on Juana Villegas case

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 -- Four Nashville lawyers were honored with the state's top pro bono award for their work protecting the civil rights of Juana Villegas, a jailed immigrant who was shackled to a bed while in labor. The team was recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association at a luncheon Saturday that featured award winners in several categories and a keynote address by Deborah Taylor Tate, a Tennessee lawyer and former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.

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Memphis Law Student Recognized for Pro Bono Work

Award presented to 2013 'Student Volunteer of the Year' at luncheon

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 -- Chris Martin, a third-year student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, was honored with the state's top award for law student pro bono work by the Tennessee Bar Association at a luncheon on Saturday. Held each year as part of the association's Leadership Conference, the event featured award winners in several categories and a keynote address by Deborah Taylor Tate, a Tennessee lawyer and former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission.

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TBA Recognizes Firms Adopting Policies to Serve the Poor

Offices and lawyers honored at luncheon ceremony in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 -- The Tennessee Bar Association on Saturday recognized 12 law firms in the state for adopting over the past year formal pro bono policies calling on employees to do more for Tennesseans who cannot afford legal representation. They join 50 other firms and corporate legal offices that have adopted such policies.

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TBA YLD Names 2013 CASA Volunteer of the Year

Award presented to Dale Hedges at Nashville ceremony

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 -- Dale Hedges of Clinton has been named the 2013 CASA Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD). The award recognizes Hedges' 18 years of service as a volunteer for CASA of the Tennessee Heartland, which serves children in Anderson, Blount and Scott counties.

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TBA YLD Names 1st and 2nd Quarter 'Stars of the Quarter'

Awards presented to volunteer lawyers at winter meeting in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Jan. 25, 2013 -- At its Mid-Winter Board Dinner on Saturday, the Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (YLD) recognized a number of volunteers for their work on behalf of the public and the legal profession. Awards were presented by YLD President David Veile, who practices at Schell Binkley & Davies LLC in Franklin.

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TBA Selects Attorneys for 2013 Leadership Law Class

34 lawyers from across the state join six-month leadership training program

NASHVILLE, Dec. 10, 2012 -- The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) announces that 34 attorneys from across the state have been selected for its 2013 Leadership Law program. Now in its 10th year, Leadership Law is designed to equip Tennessee lawyers with the vision, knowledge and skills necessary to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities. The class will meet for its first session in January, and then spend the next six months learning about leadership in the legal profession, issues in the courts, policymaking in state government and the importance of community service.

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TBA Announces Fourth Annual Celebrate Pro Bono Month

Tennessee lawyers to offer free legal services across the state in October

NASHVILLE, Sept. 27, 2012 — Tennessee lawyers will offer free legal services to those unable to afford a lawyer throughout the month of October as part of the national Celebrate Pro Bono initiative. Activities will include legal advice clinics, education programs, public presentations and other events. The initiative kicks off with four legal clinics on Oct. 2, with more than 40 events planned across the state during the month.

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TBA Announces Details for Nashville Civility Forum

Panelists named; time changed to include presidential debate watch party

NASHVILLE, Sept. 25, 2012 -- A public forum on the tensions between free speech and civility will take place in Nashville on Oct. 16. The event, sponsored by the Tennessee Bar Association (TBA), the First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University and Lipscomb University, will take place in Lipscomb's Ezell Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served and free parking is available in front of the Ezell Center as well as in the P2 garage (view parking map). Following the program, attendees are invited to stay and watch the second presidential debate scheduled for that night beginning at 8 p.m. Central. 

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TBA Announces Conservatorship Hearings

Public hearings across the state are designed to gather information about how current law is working or could be improved

NASHVILLE, Sept. 10, 2012 -- The practice and procedure for protecting adults with diminished capacity, including frail elders, persons with developmental disabilities, individuals with physical disabilities, and persons with mental health or addiction issues, will be the subject of public hearings across the state this fall. The series begins with an event in Nashville Sept. 20.

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TBA & University of Memphis Announce First Civility Forum

First of 3 programs across the state to focus on civility in public policy debates, especially those with cross-cultural implications

NASHVILLE, Aug. 31, 2012 -- The Tennessee Bar Association and the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law will hold a public forum on the issue of free speech and civility in public policy debates on Sept. 18 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the law school's Wade Auditorium. 

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